Innisfil, ON – With Canada Day approaching, the Town of Innisfil reminds residents to be safe with the use, handling, and disposal of fireworks. The Town of Innisfil Council recently amended its Fireworks By-Law to better regulate the consumer use of fireworks in the community.

“If you choose to set off fireworks, make sure you carefully follow the label directions, have a water source handy and ensure that there is always a responsible adult present,” says Innisfil Fire Chief Brent Thomas. “We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Canada Day and urge residents to be considerate of their neighbours and respect that some individuals, children and pets can be negatively affected by excessive or inappropriate use of fireworks.”

Changes to the by-law include:

  • Limiting the use of fireworks to ONLY on specified holidays and giving the Chief Fire Official the power to designate an alternate date in the event of inclement weather
  • Adding the first day of Lunar New Year, Eid al-Fitr and the third day of Diwali to the approved list of dates (Victoria Day, Canada Day and New Year's Eve) 
  • Increasing restrictions on where people can use fireworks, adding that people cannot set off fireworks:
    • In, on or into any building, structure, tent, trailer, camp, shelter, fence or automobile
    • On land owned by the Town or InnServices without written consent
    • Within 50 m of hospitals, long-term care homes or nursing homes, retirement homes, licensed group homes, and veterinary hospitals or kennels
    • Within 50 m of a place where explosives, gasoline or other highly flammable substances are commercially manufactured, stored or sold
    • Within 500 m of the property boundary of lands used for livestock

Fireworks have the potential to cause serious injury or damage to property. If you plan to display fireworks, please follow these fireworks safety tips: 

  • Appoint a responsible adult to handle the fireworks and carefully read and follow all instructions 
  • Discharge fireworks in a safe area free of combustible materials such as trees, buildings, and dry grass 
  • Ensure onlookers keep a safe distance from the area where the fireworks are being discharged 
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, hose, or bucket of water on hand in case of fire 
  • Safely dispose of fireworks by soaking them in water overnight before placing in your garbage bin  

If you are concerned about the misuse of fireworks, report it at 705-436-3710 Ext. 5 or South Simcoe Police’s non-emergency line at 705-436-2141. Violating the Fireworks By-law can result in charges. For more information, visit the Town's Fireworks webpage